About This Park

Located in the center of Berkeley Springs, a small resort town in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle, Berkeley Springs State Park is home to a historic mineral spa that has been in use since colonial times. The park is renowned for its warm spring water, which flows at a constant temperature of 74.3 degrees. The park’s Roman bathhouse offer many spa services, including massages, saunas, baths and showers.

Berkeley Springs State Park

Things to Do


859 attraction is located outside of the park.
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History

Long before the first Europeans discovered the warm waters of Berkeley Springs, it was already a famous health mecca which attracted Indians from the St. Lawrence Seaway in Canada and the Great Lakes to the Carolinas.  Those first settlers, who came in 1730, learned the uses and value of the springs from the Indians and began spreading the word of its benefits throughout the settlements of the east.

Perhaps the most notable and influential advocate of the curative powers of the springs was George Washington, who, at 16, visited them as a member of a survey party. As the party, which was surveying the western limits of Thomas Lord Fairfax’s lands, camped there for the night, young Washington noted in his diary, “March 18th, 1748, We this day called to see Ye Fam’d Warm Springs.” For many years afterwards, George Washington visited the springs regularly, and it was largely through his efforts that its fame as a health spa grew throughout the colonies.  At the urging of the Colony of Virginia and in the public interest, Lord Fairfax conveyed his land holdings at the springs and fifty adjacent acres to the Colony of Virginia in 1776.  Shortly thereafter, the land was offered for public sale.  George Washington, three signers of the Declaration of Independence, four signers of the Constitution, seven members of the Continental Congress, and five Revolutionary generals were among the prominent colonists who made initial purchases there. Hence, the springs’ reputation as a health resort became firmly established.

Borrowing the name of a famous counterpart in England, the General Assembly of Virginia formed the town of Bath on this location in 1776 and created a board of trustees to govern the new town.  James Rumsey, who later invented the first successful steamboat, was then contracted to construct five bathhouses and several other public buildings.  This officially established the springs as a resort facility.

Spend a day, a weekend, a week or come for the rest of your life and you’ll know why we consider Berkeley Springs the center of the universe—a peaceful and friendly universe colored green.

Accommodations

Berkeley Springs State Park does not provide any overnight accommodations, but visitors may stay in the lodge or rent a cabin at nearby Cacapon Resort State Park.

Additional Information

Spa

Bathe like the Romans at Berkeley Springs Spa! The Main Bathhouse offers choices of a luxurious whirlpool or blissful Roman Bath. The private walk-in soaking tub contains 750 gallons of mineral water heated to 102 degrees. The Roman Bath is big enough to stretch out and float, or just relax with hand rails on the side of the tub for exercise use and safety. We ask that guests limit bathing times to 15 minutes with your massage or 20 minutes without a massage to be respectful of all our guests’ time. 

The Old Roman Bathhouse offers a historical look and is more family oriented for those who want the Roman Bath mineral water experience with no massage. The Roman bath tub is similar to the Main Bathhouse with each private bath accommodating up to 6 adults. Soaks are a minimum of 30 minutes and can be reserved for individuals, couples, or families. Additional time may be requested based on availability.

Note: Check with your doctor prior to scheduling if you have health issues.

If Roman baths aren’t for you, don’t worry! You can still relax and luxuriate in a 150 gallon mineral whirlpool bath with jets heated to a maximum temperature of 102 degrees Fahrenheit. Most bath times are 15 minutes with a massage or 20 minutes without a massage.

You deserve a massage! Extend your rest and relaxation session at Berkeley Springs Spa by enjoying a 30 or 60-minute Swedish-style full-body massage with pure olive oil. Massagers are well-trained and expertly instructed. There are female massagers on the ladies’ side and male massagers on the men’s side of the spa but requests for massager (male or female) of your choice can be made when you schedule your appointment.

It’s time to hit the sauna! Relax in one of our cedar lined dry saunas that will whisk all your worries away. A 20-minute sauna may be included with a bath or massage package for an additional cost.

Nearby Attractions

Cacapon Resort State Park

Located about 10 miles south of Berkeley Springs, Cacapon Resort State Park offers overnight accommodations and many recreational opportunities, including golfing, horseback riding, hiking and watersports. The park offers an overnight package including breakfast at Cacapon Restaurant and a relaxing 30 minute Swedish massage and mineral shower at the Berkeley Springs State Park spa.

Ridge Fish Hatchery

Located a few miles south of Cacapon Resort State Park, this state-run facility is where resident bass and trout are raised before being stocked in local streams and lakes. Open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Admission is free.

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